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H2Ohio: What is a Voluntary Nutrient Management Plan?

In this Ohio Field Leader video, Bill Beckman of the Ohio Department of Agriculture talks about the Voluntary Nutrient Management Plan – the cornerstone practice of the H2Ohio program. We also hear from farmer Kevin Thierry about his experience with the process and how he is utilizing the H2Ohio program on his operation.

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Clark County farmland preserved

More Ohio farmland will remain Ohio farmland. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is proud to announce 67 acres have been added to the Farmland Preservation Program. The Davidson family’s farm in Clark County becomes the third Ohio farm to join the program this year.

Agricultural land is a key part of Ohio’s landscape. Preserving this land is essential. An agricultural easement in Farmland Preservation is a voluntary agreement between the landowner and ODA, where the landowner agrees to perpetually maintain the land predominately in agricultural use. In exchange, the landowner is either compensated or may be entitled to a tax deduction.

In partnership with ODA, local sponsor Tecumseh Land Trust played a significant role in securing this agreement.

Since the Office of Farmland Preservation began in 1998, 712 farms totaling 106,064 acres have entered into agreements. This enables Ohio to continually be a top producer, aiding not just Ohioans, but all Americans.… Continue reading

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Ohio 4-H launches CareerNext to empower youth for tomorrow’s workforce

Ohio 4-H announces the debut of CareerNext: Are You Ready?, an innovative online course designed to equip young individuals with the skills and confidence needed to excel in tomorrow’s workforce. 

As the career landscape rapidly evolves, Ohio 4-H recognizes the need to prepare youth for forthcoming challenges and opportunities. CareerNext stands as a comprehensive program integrating practical knowledge, interactive modules, and real-world scenarios to empower participants to explore various career paths, hone critical skills, and make informed decisions about their future. 

“CareerNext marks a significant milestone in our commitment to nurturing the personal and professional growth of Ohio’s youth,” said Kirk Bloir, state 4-H leader. “By furnishing participants with essential skills and knowledge, we empower them to carve their own paths and thrive in the swiftly evolving job market.” 

Ohio 4-H is the youth development program of Ohio State University Extension, the outreach program of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.Continue reading

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Planting progress and field scouting

Dave Russell talks with Pioneer Field Agronomist in far Northern Ohio, John Schoenhals. Schoenhals talks planting progress and concerns associated with delayed planting. Weed control has been a challenge this spring and that is leading to some insect activity in residue. If planting issues aren’t enough, the Pioneer Agronomist says you can add field scouting to your to-do list.… Continue reading

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Conrad named general manager of AXIS Ohio

Adam Conrad of Richwood has been named general manager of AXIS Ohio. Nathan and Julie Louiso, AXIS Ohio owners, announced that Conrad will take responsibility for carrying out the Axis mission of providing best-in-class crop inputs and service for farmers all across Ohio.

“With our increased growth the timing is perfect for Adam to lead our team to the next level,” Louiso said. “Adam has been a part of our AXIS Ohio mission to better serve Ohio farmers from the start, and in this new position, he will be able to better apply his unique skill set to the benefit of our customers and our growing team all over Ohio.”
Conrad has been with AXIS Ohio since 2018, but his work with Louiso goes all the way back to an internship in 2008. In his new role, he will be responsible for building the AXIS Ohio seed business as well as serving farmers with innovative crop inputs from Meristem Crop Performance.… Continue reading

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From greenhand to graduate: Allen East FFA senior reflections

By Morgan Anderson, OCJ FFA reporter

For over 29,000 Ohio FFA members, the end of each school year signifies a time of celebration, whether at the Ohio FFA Convention in Columbus or their local chapter banquet. But for senior members who are graduating, this celebration is particularly bittersweet, as it marks the end of their high school FFA career.

“One of the most important lessons I have learned is how crucial hard work is when it comes to taking your experience to the next level,” said Devan Foster, a graduating senior. “Through my time in the FFA, I have devoted my time, my energy, and certainly, my heart, to our chapter and the program itself.”

Both Foster and Delaney Jones, two class of 2024 graduating seniors from the Allen East FFA Chapter, said their time in the blue jacket has been instrumental in their development as young people.

“I have learned to not be scared to try a new challenge,” Jones said.… Continue reading

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Groundbreaking highlights early progress at Ohio Expo Center

By Matt Reese

On May 13, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and representatives from the Ohio Expo Center & State Fairgrounds broke ground on two buildings to revitalize the fairgrounds in Columbus, the Ohio Showcase Building and the new agriculture building. 

Angela Krile, Ohio Expositions Commission chair, was on hand for the event and pleased with the progress so far.

“We had the official groundbreaking today, but we have broken ground here a while ago and there’s lots of ground being moved behind us as we speak. We are in the process of the first phase of the master plan for the Expo 2050 Task Force that the Governor commissioned to try to envision the fair of the future — a fairgrounds that could be used 365 days the year for amazing events,” Krile said. “We have three phases that we’re working on right now. One is infrastructure — the things under our feet that we don’t see but are needed to keep these fairgrounds running.… Continue reading

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Special hunts for special folks

By Dan Armitage, outdoor writer

Pike State Forest and Blue Rock State Forest were the settings for two recent special hunts organized for hunters with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors while hunting for wild turkey, as guests of the annual Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry in Pike and Muskingum counties.

“Year after year, we are honored to host these hunts and gather with a wonderful group of hunters and volunteers amidst the beauty of our sustainably managed forests, which stand as a testament to our commitment to conservation and habitat diversity,” said Dan Balser, ODNR Division of Forestry Chief. “The hunters who join us in this endeavor are an inspiration for us all.”

Pike State Forest and Blue Rock State Forest were the April 2024 settings for two special hunts organized for hunters with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors while hunting for wild turkey. The Thunder in the Hills wild turkey hunt was held for the seventh year at Pike State Forest.… Continue reading

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Buckeye Temp Tracker – May 14, 2024

The Buckeye Temp Tracker is powered by BA Genetics and takes note of soil temperatures in four counties each week. Check back each Wednesday for the next update throughout this planting season.

In the interactive map below, click on the thermometer icons to see the soil temperature results from each of the four Ohio counties involved in the program.

Each reading is in degrees Fahrenheit.

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Ashland County

Corn Stalks – 54 degrees

Worked Ground – 55 degrees

Fairfield County

Corn Stalks (worked and planted) – 61 degrees

Worked Ground (planted) – 61 degrees

Fayette County

Corn Stalks – 65 degrees

Worked Ground – 65 degrees

Mercer County

Corn Stalks – 61 degrees

Worked Ground – 59 degrees

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Seed Quality Effects Germination

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

As spring planting gets underway, farm stress is high. When seeds germinate quickly that farm stress goes away.  Getting new seeds and plants off to a vigorous start increases the potential for a healthy crop with abundant yields. However, when seeds germinate slowly because of challenging soil or weather conditions, early stress on young seedlings is likely to produce a yield drag.

When seeds germinate quickly, corn seed maggot feeding decreases. When root systems develop quickly, wireworm or rootworm larvae is greatly reduced. When seedlings grow very rapidly, and have balanced seed nutrition, they can resistant slugs and flea beetles feeding. However, none of these positive effects occur when seeds germinate slowly or when seeds are of poor quality.

Planting conditions are not always ideal.  Poor weather conditions mean that often planting occurs under less-than-ideal conditions.  Farmers typically have only about 9-10 days or less to get most crops planted on time.  … Continue reading

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A look at the corn and soybean balance sheet

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC 

The first look at the 2024 balance sheet for corn and soybeans was released May 10. There were few surprises in the supply projections. The acres estimate was the same as the March planting intentions report and the yield projection didn’t change from the February economic forum.


The biggest highlight was that old crop corn demand increased by 100 million bushels. Half of the increase was from ethanol and the other half was from exports.

That still leaves a 2-billion-bushel carryout for the old crop and 2.1 billion for the new crop. Realistically, that is too much corn to support current prices. This likely suggests there is a significant weather premium already built into the market. This past winter when the market thought there were 2.2 billion bushels of carryout, corn futures fell to $3.99, which ultimately helped increase demand. For U.S. corn to stay competitive globally, futures can’t rally a lot more, unless there are significant planting issues.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 348 | FFA Insights, Real Estate Trends, and Planting Updates

In this week’s episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, join Matt Reese and Joel Penhorwood as they engage in insightful discussions with key figures in agriculture and beyond. National FFA Officer Morgan Anderson from the Amanda-Clearcreek Chapter shares her experiences, alongside Cortney Copeland, a 2024 Ohio Ag Net student FFA reporter from the Jackson Center UVCC Chapter.

Dive into the real estate world with Devin Dye, owner of Dye Real Estate and Land Co., and catch up on the latest planting trends with Matt Spillman, a farmer featured in our Between the Rows series, sponsored by Seed Genetics Direct.

Plus, don’t miss a timely update from Angela Krile on the groundbreaking event at the Ohio State Fair and Expo Center.

Stay tuned for those in-depth discussions in this week’s Ohio Ag Net Podcast!

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Devin Dye, Dye Real Estate and Land Co.
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Crop planting ahead of normal

Tornados touched down across the State with damage to houses, barns, hay fields, and livestock, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1% short, 56% adequate, and 43% surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on May 12 was 61.9 degrees, 3.4 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.59 inches of precipitation, 0.80 inches above average. There were 2.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 12.

Farmers reported damage from either a direct hit of the tornado or from trees being uprooted or branches breaking off the trees. Corn and soybean planting progressed to 36 and 27% planted, respectively. Oats were 81% planted. Winter wheat was 94% jointed and winter wheat condition was 71% good to excellent. Oats condition was 64% good to excellent. Pasture and range condition was rated 90% good to excellent.… Continue reading

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Beef and pork exports support corn and soybeans

Beef and pork exports of $18.1 billion in 2023 had a significant impact on the corn and soybean industries, according to an independent study conducted by The Juday Group and released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). The study quantified the returns that beef and pork exports brought to corn and soybean producers nationally and on a state-by-state level for leading corn and soybean-producing states.

Nationally, U.S. pork and beef exports contributed an estimated total economic impact of 14.6% per bushel to the value of corn and 13.9% per bushel to soybeans in 2023, according to the study.

“We’ve been charting the impact of red meat exports on corn and soybean value since 2016. Despite the international headwinds the red meat industry faced in 2023, red meat exports contributed substantially to the bushel values of U.S. corn and soybeans,” said Dave Juday of The Juday Group.

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Wet weather continues to hinder planting progress

Matt Spillman

We’re in the same boat here, staying afloat. We’ve had a fair amount of rain here in the last week and a half, anywhere from 3.5 to 4 inches, so we’ve done very minimal field work here lately. The forecast is not looking too promising. 

We’re about 75% done planting corn and soybeans, both are looking fairly well. We may have a few drowned out spots in some of the last planted stuff before the rain, but for the most part, I think everything’s going to be OK.

We got started on Monday 3 weeks ago with soybeans and we kept rolling. We started later that week plating corn, and kept plugging away. Things were going really well. Ground conditions were great. All the seeds we put in the ground went in with optimal conditions and we have well-established stands with all of the moisture we’ve been dealing with.… Continue reading

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Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast for 2024

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Field Leader, a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and Soybean Check-off (Adapted from NCCOS, Richard Stumpf)

For the last decade, each spring the attention of residents along the coast of the Western Lake Erie Basin, and other lake stakeholders curiously await the prediction of the Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast. The Western Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Prediction was released on May 2nd. The projection is a joint effort of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) along with the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University.

In the summer of 2024, Western Lake Erie is projected to experience a moderate harmful algal bloom (HAB), according to the first 2024 Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Projection issued by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS).

Models currently indicate a likely bloom severity between 4.5 and 7.5 (a moderate bloom is closer to a severity of 5).… Continue reading

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Farm labor visa programs address poverty and undocumented migration

By Dr. Beau Brodbeck is assistant director for field operations, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University. Dr. Fernando Landini is a researcher at Universidad de la Cuenca del Plata

Alfredo lives in a rural Guatemalan village and travels to the U.S. with an H-2A visa each May to work in a nursery, returning each December, in time for Christmas, to spend a few months with family. Over the years, the money he earns has allowed his home to evolve from a mud-slat structure with dirt floors to a modern cement block home with tiled floors, glass windows and running water. In seven seasons he has saved to purchase an acre of land, install a small greenhouse and buy his first vehicle to haul vegetables to the local market. Prior to the visa, he grew corn on a half-acre of rented land to feed his family and worked seasonally on neighboring coffee farms, earning just enough to clothe his family.… Continue reading

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Wheat Yield Contest entry deadline May 15

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is accepting entries for the 2024 Wheat Yield Contest. This year 26 national winners will be recognized. The entry deadline for winter wheat is May 15 and the entry fee in $100. Visit www.wheatcontest.org for more.

The Ohio contest winner in 2023 received a 1-year free lease on a seed tender from J & M Manufacturing. The runner up received free fungicide from BASF.  

Ohio Wheat Yield Contest, 2023 Winners

State Winner: Kent Edwards Castalia, Erie Co., 169.4 bu., Pioneer            

State Runner-up: Jim Dauch, Bellevue, Huron Co., 162.21 bu., Pioneer

Third: Doug Dawson, Delaware Co., 151.96 bu., AgriMaxx

Fourth: Luke Swaim, Greene Co., 151.88 bu., Croplan

Fifth: Eric Kesler, Clark Co., 150.15 bu., Agri-Pro

Sixth: Richard Clifton, Pickaway Co., 147.94 bu., Becks

Seventh: Steve Downing, Allen Co., 145.62 bu., Wellman Seeds

Eighth: John Carroll, Ross Co., 143.76 bu., Pioneer

Ninth: Aaron Stuckey, Fulton Co., 140.12 bu., Pioneer

Tenth: Jim Bethel, Madison Co., 140.07 bu., Seed Consultants

National winner: Kent Edwards, Castalia, Erie County, third place- Dryland Winter Wheat, 169.4 bu/ac, Pioneer

100 Bushel Club: Leon Burkholder, Eric Richer, Dave Cunningham, Brian Rufenacht, David Lutz, Doug Goyings, Dan Schwartz, Brian Sutorius, Anthony Stuckey, Greg Griffin, Bill Schroeder, Martin Quigley, David Zielger, Michael Puckrin, Jim Bethel, Aaron Stuckey, John Carroll, Steve Downing, Richard Clifton, Eric Kesler, Luke Swaim, Doug Dawson, Jim Dauch, Kent Edwards (24)

Seed brands in the 2023 contest included: Great Harvest, Pioneer, AgriMaxx, Strike, Seed Consultants, Dyna-Gro, Ohio Certified Seed, Wellman Seeds, Becks, Agri-Pro, and Croplan.… Continue reading

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Hear Ohio Ag Net on 97.5 WVNU

We continue our series highlighting the outstanding Ohio Ag Net radio affiliates carrying the best in Ohio ag news.

This week, we say thank you to 97.5 WVNU serving Highland and surrounding counties, with coverage airing at 5::40 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Tune in to hear the Ohio Ag Net Monday-Friday!

The best in Ohio ag news is easy to find! If your current station doesn’t feature the voice of Ohio Ag—turn the dial! Click here to view the complete affiliate listing, including air times.Continue reading

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